Sell his own son: Man Facebook $20 Million
January 11, 2012 by staff
Man Facebook $20 Million, Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry is reportedly attempting to sell his own son on Facebook for 73 million UAE Dirhams ($20 million). The Saudi Arabian man said he is willing to go to the courts to complete the “sale procedures.” In addition to the $20 million, Al Shahry only wants to know one thing about the buyer of his child: the city in which he or she is located. He told the Quatari news outlet Al Sharq (via RT) that the human trafficking sale was his only option to avoid “living in poverty” with his wife and daughter.
The Saudi Arabian man made the decision after he saw his illegal debt-collection business shut down by a local court. The move doesn’t appear to be Al Shahry’s first option: after the ruling, he asked authorities to help him. Administration officials denied him financial help because he was older than 35. He claims that this is his only option, though some think it’s just a publicity stunt.
In 1962, Saudi Arabia officially abolished slavery. Sadly, the country still doesn’t comply with minimum international standards for human trafficking.
While the country’s government considers child trafficking an offense, reports have indicated the act occurs fairly often in the country. Children from across the Middle East are frequently smuggled or sold in the country and then forced into begging, unskilled labor, or are recruited as soldiers by rebels. Trafficking of women is also a big issue since the country’s large number of female foreign domestic workers and loopholes in the system cause many to fall victim to abuse and torture. Saudi Arabia has not made criminal prosecutions, convictions, or prison sentences for trafficking crimes committed against foreign domestic workers, or at least it hasn’t reported making any.
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